Neen Sollars

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Neen Sollars
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Neen Sollars
Neen Sollars is located in Shropshire
Neen Sollars
Neen Sollars
Neen Sollars shown within Shropshire
Population 252 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SO660722
Civil parish
  • Neen Sollars
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Kidderminster
Postcode district DY14
Dialling code 01299
Police West Mercia
Fire Shropshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
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Shropshire
52°20′49″N 2°29′53″W / 52.347°N 2.498°W / 52.347; -2.498Coordinates: 52°20′49″N 2°29′53″W / 52.347°N 2.498°W / 52.347; -2.498

Neen Sollars is a village and civil parish in south east Shropshire, England.

It is situated close to the border with Worcestershire, three miles south of the small market town of Cleobury Mortimer. Other large local centres of population include Ludlow, situated 12 miles to the west, which has an estimated population of 10,500 and Kidderminster, located 12.5 miles to the north east in the county of Worcestershire, which has a population of over 55,000.[2]

The River Rea, which was historically known as the River Neen,[3] flows by the village. The area surrounding Neen Sollars is pretty hilly, with maps showing several hills such as Neens Hill to the south and Birch Hill to the north. It is estimated that Neen Sollars lies between approximately 70–100 metres above sea level.[4][5]

The village of Neen Sollars was formerly known as Neen Baldwin until about the year 1200. The new name came about from the merging of two family names, Baldwin le Poer and De Solers, when Elena and Eustacia Baldwin were married to members of the Sollars family.[6]

Amenities[edit]

A photograph of All Saints church

There is a popular public house, the Live and Let Live, which serves food and real ale.[7] There is a Church of England church located within the village called All Saints.[8] There is also a phone box in the village.

There was once a school situated within the village that served the children of Neen Sollars and the neighbouring village Milson. Entering the 20th century the villages were thriving agriculturally and the school had in excess of 60 children. However, when the advancements in farming techniques and technologies displaced many residents, the local populations diminished and the school closed in 1951.[9] The closest primary school serving the village is three miles north in the small town of Cleobury Mortimer.[10]

Neen Sollars railway station closed in 1962 and the railway has been lifted. The nearest centre for bus and train services is situated in the town of Ludlow.[11]

History & Families[edit]

Neen Sollars has roots dating from the time of the Saxons. Perhaps the earliest recorded mention of Neen Sollars in English literature is in The Domesday Book in 1086. The first recorded owner of large estates in Shropshire, in particular the manor of All Saints located amongst the villages of Neen Sollars and neighbouring Milson, was Siward the Saxon.[2] According to the Domesday Book he appears to have held it from Osbern FitzRichard in the time of 1086.[12] It was Osbern's grandson Osbern fitz Hugh who gave Neen to the Baldwin family. When two of the three Baldwin daughters married members of the De Solars family the village was then formally known as Neen Sollars. The De Solars family also owned land in Herefordshire and Sutton Frene near Hereford. In 1327 nineteen inhabitants were assessed for the King's Subsidy, which noted that "nearly all of whom were distinctly well-to-do". One of the men assessed to be the most wealthy, was John Corbet who held Merebrook and Tetneshull (now known as Tetshill).[2]

Agriculture[edit]

The village is very much based around agriculture and has been for many centuries. This can be proven by looking at a quote transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland, dating from 1868, that states Neen Sollars as being "wholly agricultural". The geology of the area is also described as being chiefly clay with a gravel subsoil.[13] The farming industry has been a main sector of employment for the residents with the 1801 census showing that over 50% of the village's occupants were employed in agricultural activities.[14] There are still several farms located within the parish of Neen Sollars.

A photograph showing farmland situated in the parish of Neen Sollars

Population Change[edit]

The population of the village has never been particularly high but it has fluctuated over the centuries. This is not an uncommon occurrence amongst small villages of this type. Dating from the 1801 census the population was recorded at 197.[15] By the time the 1841 census came around the population had increased to 250.[16] In John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, published between 1870–1872, the population was counted as 189. The overall trend has recently been a slow and steady decline in the number of residents living in the village.[17] The most likely explanation for the decrease in population is the advances in farm technologies. Many jobs were lost when machinery was introduced more widely causing some people to leave in search of work.

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External links[edit]

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